The Burleson High School JV Baseball teams swept the Cleburne Yellow Jackets Monday night in Cleburne. Here’s what happened:
The JV Black picked up a 6-3 victory over the Jackets; the game was called after 6 innings because of District 9-5A time limit rules.
Starting pitcher Taylor Branch, a freshman, was solid for the Elks, as he allowed just one earned run and 3 hits in 4 innings pitched; he struck out four. Branch upped his record to 2-1 overall, and 2-0 in District 9-5A games. Freshman Nick Cartmill allowed one earned run and struck out two Jackets in two innings of relief.
Branch and Freshman Harley Yates had mutli-hit games to pace the BHS offense. Branch was 2-3 with a walk, and Yates was 2-2 with a double, a walk and two RBI. Freshmen Sloan Esparza and Chris Pritchett each had a double.
The win ups the JV Black’s overall record to 10-3-1; the team’s District 9-5A record is now 6-0-1. Coach Crawford’s crew returns to the diamond on Monday, April 2nd, against the Crowley High School Eagles. First pitch is slated for 5:30 PM at Crowley High.
The JV Red won yet another Monday night game, defeating Cleburne 7-3 behind a complete game from Sophomore Skylar Webb.
Webb continued his strong 2018 campaign by allowing 3 earned runs in 7 innings pitched; he permitted 10 hits, but none went for extra bases. Webb struck out two Jackets, and also made several crucial defensive plays to help his cause. With the win, Webb is now 3-0 on the season, and 2-0 in District 9-5A games.
The Elks’ offense was led by Junior lead-off hitter Dereck Perez. Perez was 2-4 with a double and 3 runs scored, and scored the game-winning run in the top of the 7th inning on a groundball by Junior Carlos Trujillo. Sophomore Blake Metts was 3-4 with an RBI, and scored a run.
The JV Red is now 11-5 overall, and 5-1 in games played on Monday. The team’s District 9-5A record is 3-4. The Elks will look to get back to .500 in district games on Thursday, March 29th, against the Cougars of Arlington Seguin High School. First pitch is set for 5:30 at Seguin High. Inclement weather could affect the game time and/or location; check burlesonathletics.com for updates.